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Gazette Premium Content Cañon City councilman Michael 'Colby' Katchmar, artist Thomas Lockhart get probation

By DC Spencer, Special to the Cañon City Daily Record Updated: March 13, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Cañon City councilman Michael "Colby" Katchmar and local artist Thomas Lockhart were sentenced Wednesday in district court to two years probation and 300 hours of community service for their involvement in an altercation with an at-risk couple.

Katchmar and Lockhart had separate hearings but were both charged in relation to a May 30, 2013, altercation on Main Street involving area residents Robert and Margene Martin after a wine tasting at Michael's on Main.

Prior to receiving his sentence, Katchmar told the court he had learned "major life lessons." After the shame and financial loss he and his family has suffered, he is a "changed person."

Judge David Thorson, who presided over Katchmar's December trial and Wednesday's sentencing, also ordered Katchmar to obtain an alcohol evaluation and undergo treatment if it is required. Katchmar is to enroll in, and complete, an anger-management class and write an apology letter to the Martins, which probation will first approve and then deliver to the couple.

Lockhart entered a plea deal Dec. 22, 2013, and pleaded guilty to third-degree assault of an at-risk person, a class 6 felony and guilty to third-degree assault, a class 1 misdemeanor.

Lockhart's two-year probation was handed down as 27 months in order to include the three months that already have passed since his plea was accepted.

Read more here.

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